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Plot To Stop Lagos Speaker, Obasa, For Second Term Thickens     

Lagos indigenes root for bonafide Lagosian to become Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.     

Funsho Akinwale

There are strong indications that some 5th colonists are silently pushing to ensure that Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, does not return as speaker in the incoming government.

Their plan is to wrestle power from him and elect an indigenous Lagosian to hold the position for another four years.

A group of Lagosians from Lagos Island, known as ‘Atari Ajanaku,’ are said to be the face behind the plot to sponsor a real Lagos indigene and member of the state assembly, Wasiu Eshinlokun, to contest the speaker’s seat with the incumbent.

Their grouse, according to informed sources, is the issue of marginalization of Lagos indigenes not holding topmost positions in the state.

One of the aggrieved members, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Lagos is in bondage, corroborating Jimi Agbaje’s statement that Lagos needs to be free from the non-indigenes who have arrogated power to themselves.

“We are not happy that the entire political machinery of the state is in the hands of non-indigenes.

“You can see what Tinubu who is not from Lagos himself has done by practically handing over the political administration of the state to his kinsman, Aregbesola, who now decides who gets what in the state.

According to them, Lagos indigenes are unhappy and feel marginalized because the Governor elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is from Ijebu Mushin in Ogun state while his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, is from Itori, also in Ogun state.

The development has, thus, left only the state’s Speakership position as the only available for a real Lagosian to agitate for, especially when the current occupant of the seat is believed to hail from Abeokuta in Ogun state.

The group was also said to have met Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, to support their agitation but Akiolu turned down their request because of his closeness to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is solidly backing the current speaker, Hon. Obasa.